|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ended on 1/27/2016|
Our Governor has no authority to mandate this regulation. If the General Assembly wanted the Governor to have such power, they would have granted it to him explicitly, as is required constitutionally. This ban will be overturned in court as the Governor cannot unilaterally create law.
Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. Would be terrorists use regulations like these to target innocent people because they know that noone can counter their evil actions. Using this logic the Governor's security staff should be disarmed as well. He could have his own "gun free zone" and be totally confident that he will never be targeted by would be terrorists.
Are all the rest stops throughout the state of Virginia going to be staffed 24/7 by Virginia State Police so that the citizenry can take a bathroom break while traveling and not have to worry?
This proposed regulation will have the opposite of the intended affect by playing into the hands of terrorists, violent criminals, and the criminally insane. We have had no shootings in state agencies and this prohibition on those with a concealed handgun permit, some of whom have active and ongoing threats to their lives, is entirely without any justification and needlessly and recklessly endangers innocent lives.
This proposed regulation is a solution for which there is no problem. It endangers state employees, law abiding citizens, and the innocent by making state buildings a safe zone for terrorists, criminals, and the criminally insane to conduct their evil and savage actions.
This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.